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Washington, DC Interviews

The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Washington, DC.

Theatre Life with Debbie Allen Interview Theatre Life with Debbie Allen
by Elliot Lanes - June 05, 2021, Washington, DC

Debbie Allen is one of those arts types that simply doesn’t fit into one category. I think it is safe to say she is an all-around goddess of the arts. Her list of achievements includes being directed by Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, choreographing the Osc...
Theatre Life with Beth Hylton Interview Theatre Life with Beth Hylton
by Elliot Lanes - May 27, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Beth Hylton is currently living her theatre life performing on your TVs and computer screens as the sole performer in Round House Theatre’s latest streaming production of Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up. The show is available for viewing through June 13th....
Theatre Life with Erin Driscoll Gardiner Interview Theatre Life with Erin Driscoll Gardiner
by Elliot Lanes - April 23, 2021, Washington, DC

You most likely know today’s subject Erin Driscoll Gardiner as a superb performer. Some of her most memorable performances over the years include the title role in Violet and Cinderella in Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre, many productions at Signature Theatre including a Helen Hayes Award winning p...
Theatre Life with Lileana Blain-Cruz Interview Theatre Life with Lileana Blain-Cruz
by Elliot Lanes - April 13, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Lileana Blain-Cruz is currently living her theatre life as the director of Signature Theatre’s latest Signature Features streaming offering entitled Daniel J.Watts’ The Jam: Only Child. The show recounts Watts’ life as the only child of a single mother. From the fierce growing pains ...
Theatre Life with Jenn Sheetz Interview Theatre Life with Jenn Sheetz
by Elliot Lanes - February 22, 2021, Washington, DC

Throughout this pandemic, theatre companies have found some creative ways to keep staff members employed. Today’s subject Jenn Sheetz is one of those fortunate artists that is living her theatre life as the Properties Manager at Arena Stage. She has held that position for the past three seasons a...
Theatre Life with Emily Skinner Interview Theatre Life with Emily Skinner
by Elliot Lanes - February 11, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Emily Skinner is currently living her theatre life in your living rooms as part of Signature Theatre’s streaming presentation of Simply Sondheim. The production is available through March 26th. Over the years, Emily has wowed audiences on Broadway and throughout the country. You m...
Theatre Life with Richard W. Kidwell Interview Theatre Life with Richard W. Kidwell
by Elliot Lanes - February 08, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Richard W. Kidwell has been living his theatre life in DC theatre professionally since1966. He has been the Theatre Manager at the Opera House at Kennedy Center since it’s very first performance back in 1971 which makes him one of if not the longest running employees working in the D...
Theatre Life with Lorraine Treanor Interview Theatre Life with Lorraine Treanor
by Elliot Lanes - December 28, 2020, Washington, DC

For the past fourteen years DC Theatre Scene has been the place to go locally to find out what’s what in the DC theatre community. Its Publisher and Editor Lorraine Treanor recently announced the site would stop publishing fresh content on December 31st and, with that, the DMV loses its liveliest lo...
Theatre Life with E. Faye Butler Interview Theatre Life with E. Faye Butler
by Elliot Lanes - October 22, 2020, Washington, DC

My fellow theatregoers! Ever since this pandemic began, we have been asking when and if will live theatre return to the DC area. I am happy to report that the answer is a resounding YES and it is going to happen sooner than you maybe thought it would....
Theatre Life with Renée Fleming Interview Theatre Life with Renée Fleming
by Elliot Lanes - September 26, 2020, Washington, DC

Renée Fleming's long and distinguished career includes performing in some of the world's most famous opera houses, performing on Broadway, and being heard on many recordings singing everything from arias to showtunes. Tonight Ms. Fleming will add another honor to her canon as she and Vanessa Will...
Marc Antolin On Entering the ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble Interview Marc Antolin On Entering the ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble
by Gil Kaan - September 18, 2020, Washington, DC

Emma Rice, the creator and leader of the UK theatre company Wise Children, has remounted the interrupted U.S. tour of her ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS. Wise Children will present a LIVE production of ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS (with dancing and kissing) livestreaming from the Bristol Old Vic stage September 22 thro...
Bursting Emma Rice's ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble Interview Bursting Emma Rice's ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble
by Gil Kaan - September 08, 2020, Washington, DC

Emma Rice, the creator and leader of the UK theatre company Wise Children, will virtually premiere her ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS months after live theatre was shuttered aborting their U. S. tour. The livestreaming from the Bristol Old Vic stage September 22 through 28 will benefit 30+ theatres worldwide, ...
Theatre Life with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe Interview Theatre Life with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe
by Elliot Lanes - August 27, 2020, Washington, DC

On September 16th, Arena Stage will unveil it's latest socially relevant docudrama. The 51st State will feature the work of several playwrights including today's subject Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe....
Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic Interview Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic
by Roger Catlin - August 04, 2020, Washington, DC

When Eugene Rogers became the fifth artistic director of The Washington Chorus in February, he wasn't counting on the worldwide pandemic to explode every plan just weeks later. Presenting a 200-person choir, shoulder to shoulder, mouths open was out of the question, even if they were emitting a glor...
Barbara Bear on Having To Live Life Without the Arts During a Pandemic from the Persp Interview Barbara Bear on Having To Live Life Without the Arts During a Pandemic from the Perspective of an Audience Member
by Elliot Lanes - May 18, 2020, Washington, DC

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic much has been written on the effects it has had on theatre companies around the world and the thousands of artists onstage and off that are unemployed until further notice. What hasn't been written about very much is the effect this pandemic has had on aud...
Rebecca Wahls, Rebecca Ballinger of REBECCA AND BECCA IN SPACE Interview Rebecca Wahls, Rebecca Ballinger of REBECCA AND BECCA IN SPACE
by Hannah Wing - May 12, 2020, Washington, DC

Movies and TV shows about space can be pretty serious, but DC area theatre artists Rebecca Wahls and Rebecca Ballinger (Becca) decided to take on the lighter side of space in their space-comedy web series, Rebecca and Becca in Space....
Jennifer Buzzell and James Gardiner of Signature Theatre Talk Keeping the Company Vit Interview Jennifer Buzzell and James Gardiner of Signature Theatre Talk Keeping the Company Vital and Strong Without a Live Audience
by Elliot Lanes - May 08, 2020, Washington, DC

Many theatres around the world have started engaging their audiences with lots of digital content since the COVID-19 pandemic started back in March. Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA  has taken the idea of digital content and has kicked it up  many notches. They were the first area company  to s...
Rebecca Wahls, Chelsea Radigan, Ruthie Rado of SPARK at Who What Where Theater Collec Interview Rebecca Wahls, Chelsea Radigan, Ruthie Rado of SPARK at Who What Where Theater Collective
by Hannah Wing - April 28, 2020, Washington, DC

Who What Where and Ruthie are teaming up again for Spark, a romantic comedy about Scotti and June, who fall for each other at Club Spark, a seedy sex club. This time instead of a house, the stage is Zoom. Spark, directed by Chelsea Radigan, is a one-time virtual reading, which is going to be livestr...
The Most Powerful Voice in DC Area Theatre Peter Marks on Covering the Arts When the Interview The Most Powerful Voice in DC Area Theatre Peter Marks on Covering the Arts When the Arts are Basically Shut Down
by Elliot Lanes - April 20, 2020, Washington, DC

Towards the end of the musical A Chorus Line, the director/choreographer asks of his auditioning dancers 'What are you going to do when you can't dance anymore?' The COVID-19 outbreak has affected everybody without question. Social distancing, face masks, and quarantining ourselves have become th...
A Special Two Part Theatre Life with Howard Shalwitz. Part One: The Early Years Interview A Special Two Part Theatre Life with Howard Shalwitz. Part One: The Early Years
by Elliot Lanes - March 10, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject was kind enough to give me an hour of his time in the balcony of the place he lived his theatre life for almost 40 years.  I'm sure there isn't a person here in DC who would argue that Howard Shalwitz was one of the most influential minds in the DC theatre community as the Artisti...
Theatre Life with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith Interview Theatre Life with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith
by Elliot Lanes - March 02, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject Jennifer Elizabeth Smith is currently living her theatre life touring the country in Bandstand in which she portrays the lead character of Julia Trojan. The show plays here is DC at the National Theatre from March 3rd through 8th....
Tony Sancho of MOTHER ROAD at Arena Stage Interview Tony Sancho of MOTHER ROAD at Arena Stage
by Benjamin Tomchik - February 24, 2020, Washington, DC

The family at the epicenter of John Steinbeck's groundbreaking novel The Grapes of Wrath forever captured the nation's heart in 1940 with a celebrated film version starring Henry Fonda. Now, Arena Stage is continuing the Joad family story with Mother Road, a play in which actor Tony Sancho finds him...
Theatre Life with Marva Hicks Interview Theatre Life with Marva Hicks
by Elliot Lanes - February 07, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject Marva Hicks is currently living her theatre life onstage at Signature Theatre in the World Premiere Musical Gun & Powder. The production runs through February 23rd in Signature's MAX Theatre space. You'll be able to see my review of the show on Broadway World soon. Trust me it will b...
Theatre Life with the Arena Stage Media Relations Team Interview Theatre Life with the Arena Stage Media Relations Team
by Elliot Lanes - February 05, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's column starts with some questions for you my fellow readers. Have you ever thought about how theatres get audiences to attend their productions? Generally the first thing you might see after a season is announced is what's known as a press release for each individual production. Have you eve...
Theatre Life with Justin Weaks Interview Theatre Life with Justin Weaks
by Elliot Lanes - January 30, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject Justin Weaks is currently living his theatre life onstage at Studio Theatre where he plays Omari Joseph in the company's current production of Pipeline. The production runs through February 23rd in Studio's Mead Theatre space....
Haysam Kadri of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at Arena Stage Interview Haysam Kadri of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at Arena Stage
by Benjamin Tomchik - January 23, 2020, Washington, DC

In the case of Haysam Kadri and A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage, this production is more than just a chance to revisit the role of Rasheed. It is an opportunity to return to a play he not only finds deeply moving, but one he has experienced as both an actor, director, and now as an actor, ag...
Theatre Life with John Bell Interview Theatre Life with John Bell
by Elliot Lanes - January 06, 2020, Washington, DC

Today's subject John Bell is currently living his theatre life as the musical director for the Bartlett Sher directed touring production of My Fair Lady which plays in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center now through January 19th....
Theatre Life with Corey Greenan Interview Theatre Life with Corey Greenan
by Elliot Lanes - December 18, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Corey Greenan is currently living his theatre life in a show he is very familiar with. He portrays Tommy DeVito in the current National Tour of Jersey Boys. Read on to see how many performances of the show he has under his belt. The show is currently playing at the National Theatre a...
Theatre Life with Ted Sperling Interview Theatre Life with Ted Sperling
by Elliot Lanes - December 10, 2019, Washington, DC

Today's subject Ted Sperling is very well represented this holiday season here in DC. He is the Musical Director/New Orchestrator for Fiddler on the Roof which plays through December 15th at the National Theatre. Beginning December 17th his work as Musical Supervisor can be heard on My Fair Lady at ...